Australian Cigarette Logo Ban Upheld

Australia’s highest court on Wednesday upheld the ban on cigarette companies’ logos appearing on packs. Packs will instead have pictures of cancer-riddled eyes and mouths as well as pictures of children affected by cigarette smoke. Starting in December, cigarette packs will have graphic photos with dire health warnings—and the backgrounds will all be a drab olive color. Cigarette companies have tried to appeal the law, the world’s toughest, saying their business will die without the right to advertising, but the court not only ruled against them, it also ordered the companies’ to pay the government’s legal fees.